Week 11 of the NFL season is on the horizon as teams prepare for the playoff push and the stretch run of games heading into late November. The injury reports are starting to pile up as teams with early bye weeks are getting banged up while the teams with late bye weeks are seeking the extra week to recover for the final few weeks.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray says he’s “pretty close” toward making a return after missing the past two games (ankle) while Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (shoulder/foot/knee) missed Wednesday practice saying it was “the most beat up I’ve been” this year. New York Giants offensive tackle Andrew Thomas and Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders were also designated to return from injured reserve, paving the way for a potential return in Week 11.
Here’s the first injury report from what is to be an exciting Week 11 in the NFL. All odds come courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.
Patriots: P Jake Bailey (knee), LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (ribs), running back Brandon Bolden (hip), offensive tackle Trent Brown (calf), defensive back Kyle Dugger (ankle), kicker Nick Folk (knee), wide receiver N’Keal Harry (knee), linebacker Dont’a Hightower (ankle), offensive lineman Shaq Mason (abdomen), cornerback Jalen Mills (forearm), tight end Jonnu Smith (shoulder), linebacker Kyle Van Noy (groin), DL Deatrich Wise Jr. (illness) QUESTIONABLEFalcons: TE Hayden Hurst (ankle), LB Daren Bates (groin), DB Kendall Sheffield (hamstring) OUT; RB Cordarrelle Patterson (ankle), S Jaylinn Hawkins (ankle) QUESTIONABLE
According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Patriots running back Damien Harris cleared concussion protocol and will play Thursday night while pass-rusher Josh Uche was placed on injured reserve. New England has 13 players questionable to play Thursday night, but in good news, all 13 were present at practice Wednesday as limited participants.
The real headline of the Falcons’ injury report is Swiss Army knife Cordarrelle Patterson, who head coach Arthur Smith said will be a game-time decision with an ankle injury. He’s Atlanta’s most important weapon, recording 776 yards and seven touchdowns from scrimmage this season.
Star running back Alvin Kamara returning to practice as a limited participant with a knee injury was the headline for the Saints on Wednesday. Wide receiver Ty Montgomery (hand), quarterback Taysom Hill (foot), offensive tackle Terron Armstead (knee/shoulder), offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk (knee), defensive lineman Malcolm Roach (knee) and defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon (ankle) did not participate in practice.
The Eagles have tight end Dallas Goedert in concussion protocol, so his status for Sunday won’t be unveiled until later in the week. Starting linebacker Davion Taylor also sat out Wednesday’s walk-through practice with a knee injury. Miles Sanders (ankle) was labeled designated to return from injured reserve.
Defensive back Elijah Campbell (toe) and defensive tackle Christian Wilkins (quad) were the two Dolphins who did not participate in practice on Wednesday. Safety Brandon Jones (ankle), quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (finger) and linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel (back) were limited participants.
For the Jets, quarterback Zach Wilson and defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd were limited participants on Wednesday with knee injuries, while offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker was limited with a toe injury.
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Running back Antonio Gibson (shin) and wide receiver Terry McLaurin (shoulder) were limited Wednesday. McLaurin dealt with lower-body injuries earlier this season, making this injury something to monitor. He missed a few plays with a collarbone injury in Sunday’s win over the Buccaneers.
Light injury report for the Panthers, as defensive end Marquis Haynes was the lone player who did not practice Wednesday.
Defensive tackle DeForest Buckner (abdomen/throat/back), cornerback T.J. Carrie (knee), offensive tackle Eric Fisher (back), linebacker Darius Leonard (ankle/hand), defensive end Dayo Odeyingbo (ankle) and offensive tackle Braden Smith did not practice on Wednesday for the Colts. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes was the only limited participant due to a calf injury.
The Bills had four players sit out of practice Wednesday: wide receiver Cole Beasley (ribs), linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (hamstring), running back Taiwan Jones (illness) and linebacker Matt Milano (shoulder).
For the Lions, keep an eye on starting quarterback Jared Goff, who sat out of practice Wednesday with an oblique injury. Joining him as absent were pass-rusher Trey Flowers (knee), running back Jermar Jefferson (knee/ankle) and offensive tackle Matt Nelson (ankle). Running back D’Andre Swift (shoulder), safety Tracy Walker III (concussion) and running back Jamaal Williams (thigh) were limited participants.
The Browns had several players who missed practice on Wednesday. Among them were cornerback A.J. Green (concussion), cornerback Troy Hill (neck), defensive tackle Malik Jackson (knee), wide receiver Jarvis Landry (knee), quarterback Baker Mayfield (shoulder, foot, knee) and wide receiver Anthony Schwartz (concussion). Limited participants included defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (wrist, ankle, knee), defensive end Takk McKinley (groin), wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones (groin) and center JC Tretter (knee).
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said he believes Elijah Mitchell (finger) will be available to play against Jacksonville. Mitchell did not practice Wednesday with a fractured finger, but it appears the starting running back won’t miss time. Deebo Samuel (shin) was limited in Wednesday’s practice.
James Robinson did not practice Wednesday as he’s still resting up the heel injury that has plagued him over the last several weeks. Add a new knee injury to the mix and Robinson’s process is worth monitoring. Robinson did not start Sunday’s loss to the Colts but recorded 16 touches. Carlos Hyde (shoulder) was limited in Wednesday’s practice, so Jacksonville’s top two backs are banged up.
Linebacker Hardy Nickerson was the only player who did not practice Wednesday for the Texans due to a concussion. Tight end Pharaoh Brown (thigh) and defensive lineman Jonathan Greenard (foot) were limited participants.
A couple of notable Titans missed practice on Wednesday, including offensive guard Nate Davis (concussion), pass-rusher Bud Dupree (abdomen) and linebacker David Long Jr. (hamstring). Limited participants included linebacker Rashaan Evans (ankle), pass-rusher Harold Landry (hamstring), cornerback Greg Mabin (ankle), defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons (ankle) and defensive tackle Teair Tart (groin).
Offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (knee), running back Aaron Jones (knee), wide receiver Allen Lazard (shoulder), Aaron Rodgers (toe) and wide receiver Malik Taylor (abdomen) missed practice on Wednesday for the Packers. There’s no reason to worry about Rodgers’ status for Sunday as of now. Wide receiver Davante Adams (shoulder), linebacker Rashan Gary (elbow), defensive lineman Kingsley Keke (concussion) and cornerback Kevin King (groin/shoulder) were limited participants.
For the Vikings, cornerback Bashaud Breeland (groin) and linebacker Anthony Barr (knee) were limited participants on Wednesday.
Ravens star quarterback Lamar Jackson missed practice on Wednesday due to an illness. Joining him sidelined were offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman (illness), wide receiver Marquise Brown (thigh), cornerback Jimmy Smith (hip), defensive tackle Brandon Williams (shoulder) and cornerback Tavon Young (foot.) Offensive guard Patrick Mekari and running back Latavius Murray were limited participants with ankle injuries.
Several important players missed practice on Wednesday for the Bears. Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (ankle), defensive back Eddie Jackson (hamstring), linebacker Khalil Mack (foot), wide receiver Allen Robinson (hamstring), linebacker Danny Trevathan (knee) and offensive lineman Elijah Wilkinson (back) sat out. Wide receiver Darnell Mooney (foot), linebacker Alec Ogletree (ankle) and running back Damien Williams (knee) were limited participants.
Defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin was the only Bengal who missed practice on Wednesday due to a knee injury. Center Trey Hopkins (knee) and wide receiver Auden Tate (thigh) were limited.
For the Raiders, fullback Alec Ingold (knee), linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (ankle), cornerback Keisean Nixon (ankle/foot), running back Jalen Richard (ribs) and cornerback Amik Robertson (hip) sat out of practice on Wednesday. Running back Josh Jacobs was limited in practice with a knee injury.
Analysis to come
The Cowboys are relatively healthy, as everyone was accounted for at practice on Wednesday while offensive tackle Tyron Smith was a limited participant with an ankle injury. Amari Cooper (hamstring), CeeDee Lamb (triceps) and Ezekiel Elliott (knee) were listed on the injury report as well, but they were full participants.
The only Chief to miss practice on Wednesday was offensive lineman Lucas Niang with a ribs issue. Cornerback L’Jarius Sneed was limited with a knee injury.
Cornerback Joe Haden (foot), offensive guard Trai Turner (ankle), offensive lineman Kevin Dotson (ankle) and pass-rusher T.J. Watt (hip/knee) sat out of practice on Wednesday for the Steelers. Wide receiver Chase Claypool was limited with a toe injury.
Defensive lineman Linval Joseph (shoulder), defensive back Trey Marshall (ankle), defensive back Mark Webb Jr. (knee) and safety Alohi Gilman (quadricep) did not practice on Wednesday for the Chargers. Safety Nasir Adderley (ankle), cornerback Michael Davis (hamstring) and running back Justin Jackson (quadricep) were limited participants.